Fog Cannons

Combining forensic traceability
with vision-osbscuring security fog

Fog Cannons

Combining forensic traceability with vision-osbscuring security fog

Utilising the deterrent
power of two proven
technologies.

Utilising the deterrent
power of two proven
technologies.

ADAPTABLE TECHNOLOGY

The SmartWater Fog Cannon combines the unique, invisible traceability of SmartWater® forensic liquids with the direct intervention and hinderance provided by vision-obscuring Protect® security fog. Our systems can be adapted to fit a particular crime issue or installation requirement, whatever it may be.

MULTIPLE INSTALLATION SCENARIOS

SmartWater® forensic spray systems can be Integrated as part of a Protect®  Fog Cannon install or Retro-fit into an existing Fog Cannon. Alternatively, a Linked system uses Fog to drive an offender towards an area targeted by the SmartWater forensic spray system.

SmartWater® forensic spray systems can be Integrated as part of a Protect®  Fog Cannon install or Retro-fit into an existing Fog Cannon. Alternatively, a Linked system uses Fog to drive an offender towards an area targeted by the SmartWater forensic spray system.

FORENSIC MARKING AND SECURITY FOG – A PERFECT MATCH

So, why do our clients need both?

Turns out our technologies complement each other perfectly and form a tri-layered defence against would-be thieves and intruders:

With 98% of SmartWater clients suffering no attacks in 2018 – the SmartWater® brand is first and foremost, a powerful deterrent. In fact, 74% of criminals said they would avoid premises displaying SmartWater signage[1].

This is due to the fact that it is the SmartWater logo that deters criminals, as they are aware of the potential consequences to them and that SmartWater retains a 100% conviction rate in Court when used as evidence. In order for the client to best make use of this brand power, we supply a selection of high-visibility deterrent signs to be displayed in each protected location.

If, however, in the unlikely event a determined offender proceeds to enter a protected location, the SmartWater Fog Cannon will activate via an external trigger such as an alarm or PIR, filling the room with dense, white Protect® security fog in a matter of seconds, obscuring the offender’s vision and hindering their progress.

Simultaneously, the offender is sprayed with unique SmartWater forensic liquid, either suspended as droplets in the fog or by the fog directing the offender towards a spray nozzle. This forensic liquid contains a unique forensic fingerprint that links both the offender and stolen items back to the crime scene. The liquid is invisible to the naked eye, but glows bright yellow-green under UV light, which is how it is detected by the thousands of Police officers trained to look for SmartWater.

As the offenders makes their departure, they will also likely leave additional evidence in the form of SmartWater handprints and footprints at the scene.

SECURED IN SECONDS...

3 seconds: The burglar is in the building. The SmartWater Fog Cannon is activated.

8 seconds: In a matter of seconds, it is impossible to navigate in the fog.

12 seconds: It is impossible to see… and impossible to steal anything!

IMPROVING STAFF AND CUSTOMER SAFETY

Through this three-layered approach, potentially dangerous criminals are either deterred, hindered by fog or forensically sprayed, limiting the chances of an altercation with staff or if applicable, customers, creating a safer working, or if applicable, shopping environment.

POLICE RESPONSE

Protect® security fog will keep intruders out for up to one hour – enough time for Police and security personnel to respond.

Working in concert, SmartWater® forensic trace evidence will then greatly increase the Police’s chance of securing an arrest and speed up their investigation.

With trace evidence available at the scene and local Police engagement, we have the right tools to secure a fast Police response to incidents that may have previously had a slow response or no response at all.

Upon an activation of the system, we will liaise with the local Police and support them in their investigation, providing advice, guidance and detection equipment.

FORENSIC ANALYSIS

Should arrests be made, then SmartWater scientists will analyse traces of SmartWater found on suspects and stolen property at no extra cost to the Police and if necessary, attend Court to help secure conviction.

WHY SHOULD I BUY A SMARTWATER® FOG CANNON?

  • Systems can be installed by any technician - free eLearning courses available
  • Easy to arm / disarm and helps prevent accidental activations – both systems can work via a single control panel
  • Wide product range – Protect® security fog can cover small rooms to large warehouses
  • No risk of gradual decompression (as in aerosol-based systems) and bottles can be stored with no negative effect
  • There isn’t a more robust forensic liquid on the market than SmartWater – will withstand fire, sunlight and humidity
  • SmartWater offer the only forensic spray system to hold Grade A Robustness under BSI PAS820 – the highest grade achievable
  • SmartWater is the only forensic marking company whose products and services comply with the latest legal Codes of Practice* - products that do not comply risk being refused by the Courts as evidence.
  • Improves chance of Police response
  • SmartWater has been used to jail thousands of criminals to date and retains a 100% conviction rate in Court.
  • Can be tested without need to purchase test bottles or additional equipment
  • Distinctive and controlled spray pattern – the angle and direction can be adjusted to target a defined area. This protects stock without marking it, and through the distinctive pattern alone, provides additional evidence

*Forensic Science Regulator Codes of Practice Issue 4.0 – accredited by UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service)

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